John 13:1-17 -- A Model for Men’s Accountability Groups
It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?”
Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.”
“No,” said Peter, “you shall never wash my feet.”
Jesus answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”
“Then, Lord,” Simon Peter replied, “not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!”
Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not everyone was clean.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. I tell you the truth, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
Three months later, Peter is in his Accountability group:
PETER: “Fellas, I’ve got dirty feet again.”
JAMES: “Shame on you! After all Jesus has done you treat him like this!?”
PHILIP: “Okay guys. Peter can’t seem to shake this problem. What are we going to do to hold him accountable?”
JAMES: “How’s your devotional life Peter? How much time are you spending in the word? Have you memorized any scripture lately?”
JOHN: “Brothers! Stop! Which one of us doesn’t get dirty feet? Jesus just said to wash each other’s feet like He did. If He didn’t question us; if He didn’t rebuke us; if He didn’t shame us, how do we dare place ourselves above the Lord in this way? Which one of you is going to take responsibility to fix Peter? Fix yourself! God will take care of Peter. You sound like Job's counselors! I tell you this, if we don't wash each other's feet, as Jesus washed ours, then we have no part with Him."
ANDREW: “But John, Peter keeps coming here with dirty feet. How long should we put up with this?”
JOHN “Does seventy times seven ring a bell?”
Then placing his hand on Peter’s dirty feet John prayed: “Father, Peter has acknowledged his sin before us and before you. And because he is our brother, his sin is our sin. Thank you that you are faithful and just to forgive us this sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Help us to continually walk in the light. Amen.”
FROM THE AUTHOR:
I’m convinced more than ever that this [passage of Scripture] is not so much about servanthood as is commonly understood; but rather the very thing this blog is talking about: Getting dirty feet from having to walk in the world AFTER we’ve already been bathed. (and Jesus says we don’t need to be bathed ever again PTL!)
This material is NOT copyrighted. Whatever anyone else may think, I know The Lord gave me this understanding, because I had been so burdened by trying to overcome my sin — but knowing that I could not do it alone. Then one day I was reading John 13 and it began to jump off the page. I shared this understanding with two other brothers and it resonated in their heart also. At that time none of us knew that any of us was struggling with porn; but as we continued to meet weekly with a willingness to metaphorically “wash each other’s feet” the walls came down and each of us was able to lift our tunic high enough to expose the filth that had accumulated on our feet. We had All been struggling with porn! We chose to have the nonjudgmental attitude of Christ in John 13 rather than that of Job’s counselors. As a result we’ve been meeting like this every week for over four years now and as Jesus says in verse 17; “you will be blessed if you do this (one to another).
Please feel free to use the material and know that you too will be “blessed” if you do this.